On April 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up and Validation categories; the Development category was announced in March. The purpose of the i3 competition is to develop and expand practices that accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college and careers. School districts and nonprofit organizations in partnership with districts or school are eligible to compete for the i3 grants. [More]
In an April 21, 2014 statement on its website, inBloom announced its decision to “wind down the organization over the next few months.” The decision comes less than one month after the New York State legislature mandated that the state education agency end its contractual relationship with inBloom, making New York the last of nine education agencies to withdraw from inBloom’s data warehousing initiative (also called cloud computing). [More]
On April 10, 2014, Hillsborough North County Superior Court Judge Philip Mangones found unconstitutional New Hampshire’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET). The tax was instituted in 1991 to permit New Hampshire to gain additional federal Medicaid revenue by taxing New Hampshire hospitals in accordance with federal Medicaid reimbursement enhancement regulations. [More]
A report, called Just Learning, released on April 17, 2014 by the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation concludes that juvenile justice systems provide substandard education services for incarcerated students. The report, drawing primarily upon the most recent data from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, found that on any given day in 2010, approximately 70,000 students were detained in the custody of juvenile justice systems; their ages ranged from 10 to 21. [More]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on auditing and reporting requirements for Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments, which are intended to bring transparency to the use of DSH funds. The guidance, issued on April 4, 2014, is entitled, “Additional Information of the DSH Reporting and Audit Requirements-Part 2.”
In the December 19, 2008 Federal Register, CMS issued a final rule establishing new requirements to implement a provision of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. That final rule included a transition period related to audit findings for Medicaid state plan rate years (SPRYs) 2005 through 2010. CMS has stated that this new additional guidance “is designed to ensure proper implementation, consistent practice, and protection for states and hospitals as we approach the end of the regulatory transition period”.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the New York Department of Health on April 14, 2014 that CMS has approved New York’s plans to redesign its Medicaid program under section 1115 demonstration waivers. New York’s plans include completing work begun by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT), which developed 79 recommendations after extensive state-wide stakeholder input. The CMS letter officially approves amendments to a current section 1115 demonstration running through December 31, 2014 and establishes parameters for a subsequent, five year renewal period. The CMS letter authorizes $8 billion in Federal Medicaid funding for innovative programs, within a global Medicaid cap, in three major categories. [More]
Boston, MA, April 14, 2014 – Public Consulting Group (PCG) today announced it has acquired Hubbert Systems Consulting (HSC), a management consulting firm that provides strategic and operational consulting services founded on the integration of people, process, and technology for clients in the health and human services sectors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1991 and based in Sacramento, CA, HSC specializes in helping state and local health care organizations address the complex technology, organizational, and regulatory intersections of large scale public programs. [More]
Focus On Results' Summer Institute 2014 will be held at The Westin Long Beach on July 16th, 17th and 18th for school and district leaders who seek concrete strategies to strengthen leadership, improve instruction and drive student achievement results, including strategies to lead the Common Core. [More]
Covered California, the nation’s largest health insurance Exchange, released enrollment data on April 3, 2014 showing that enrollments in qualified health plans (QHPs) offered through the Exchange surged to 1,221,727 on March 31, 2014, the last day of the six month open enrollment period (versus 868,936 that had been reported through February 28); on the last day, a record number of 117,421 application accounts were set up on the Exchange. [More]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 4, 2014 a report showing that 25 states which implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by February 2014 saw on average an 8.3 percent increase in Medicaid/CHIP enrollment for February 2014, as compared to those states’ average monthly enrollments in a July – September 2013 baseline period. The largest percentage increases were in Oregon (34.8 percent), West Virginia (33.5 percent), Vermont (32.3 percent), Nevada (21.7 percent), and Maryland (20.8 percent). The ACA created as of January 1, 2014 a new Medicaid eligibility category of non-disabled, childless adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the Federal poverty level, but exact data are not yet available from CMS on how many January – February 2014 enrollees are in that new ACA category. [More]